The Kosi river (also called Koshi) has a long history of floods that continues to displace thousands every year. This tragedy has been exacerbated by a decades-old strategy of pursuing embankments as a solution, a solution that leaves many poor people on the “wrong” side of the embankments, and even more vulnerable.

Read: A dammed history of the Koshi

Read: Flawed embankment strategy turns Bihar into watery grave

For decades the people most affected have not had a voice in the decision making process, and have been unable to put forth their concerns, or to cooperate to find solutions. A new initiative by The Asia Foundation – in partnership with the Gorakhpur Environmental Action Group and ISET-Nepal – seeks to do precisely that.

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